THE SHOWREEL HISTORY

The Showreel started in 1987 with the sole purpose of specialising in the spoken word.

As a professional, seasoned and respected voice over production team, we work closely with many high end corporate clients and voice over casting agents around the globe. Our focus is not only to provide the best possible voice over production services for our corporate clients, but also to provide the only voice over training and demo service in London that will train our students to the expected professional voice level and suggest them to our existing clients for possible work.

The last 30 years has taught us what is needed to get started in voice over and we’d like to pass this onto you.

As voice over production specialists, our voice reels have secured our clients’ representation with some of London’s best voice over agencies. Agents that trust us to work with their existing voices, whenever they need an update or need a new style of demo to promote. As a working commercial voice production studio, we know what our clients need and expect from a professional voice and have made this the core of our voice over training ethos.

WHAT WE DO

Workshops

WORKSHOPS

Get started in voice over, create voices for animation and games and set up your own home studio

Training

TRAINING

Grow and develop your voice over skills and plan to record your demo

Demos

DEMOS

Record your demo, learn how to market yourself and launch your career

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PRODUCTION

Central London studios, seasoned voice producers, great results

THE SHOWREEL TEAM

Over 30 years industry experience

Voice Over Producer JP Orr

JP Orr

VOICE PRODUCER & FOUNDER

JP founded “The Showreel” in 1987 with the idea to create a school specifically for voice over training and showreel demo production. He is a highly respected voice producer and vocal coach with over 30 years experience and a BAFTA nomination to his name. He continues to lecture at many top drama schools and universities sharing his passion for the human voice.

He’s been in the media industry since the age of 21 and has worked on both sides of the glass as a voice over, engineer, musician and producer. He grew up in recording studios and has been a session singer and performer in many musicals such as The Rocky Horror Show, Hair and Godspell as well as many great bands that made no money.

Voice Over Producer Mike Charters

Mike Charters

VOICE PRODUCER

Mike’s first steps in the media industry was as a guitarist playing on a small scale classical from the age of 6 reaching grade 8 by the age 12. Hop, skip and a jump found him being a session guitarist skipping between major studios. And this is where the magic started.

From the days of 2” tape to the current digital wizardry we now deal with, he’s managed agencies with a focus on TV advert production through to being Head of Audio production for a computer games company. A highly experienced audio production professional with a focus and ear for voiceover production, Mike offers a breadth of experience to ensure your productions needs are managed and delivered to the highest possible level.

Craig

Craig Van Ness

VOICE PRODUCER

Craig is a UK-based American voice over artist. His distinctive mid-Atlantic accent has been used by major brands, eLearning developers, game producers and audiobook publishers around the world.

After starting life as a classically-trained singer, dancer and actor, Craig decided to pursue a career in business and spent the next 25 years working as a Management Consultant in the international financial markets, before ‘coming home’ to acting via voice over.

Craig is now an an in-demand voice over artist. And thanks in no small part to his ‘big business’ experience, he has quickly established himself as a full-time voice over artist, working with clients such as: Marriott Hotels, National Geographic, DHL Courier Services, Finnish National Agency for Education, Audible Studios, Hodder & Stoughton Publishing, Gamesys and THQ Nordic Games.

Craig is now sharing his business and production experience across the portfolio of Showreel services.

Tamsin

Tamsin Collison

AUDIOBOOK DIRECTOR

Tamsin is a highly-regarded, award-winning Audiobook Director. She began her career in the BBC Radio Drama Department and has produced over 300 audiobooks for leading UK publishing houses, including Pan Macmillan, Penguin, Harper Collins, Time Warner/Hachette, Random House, Hodder Headline, Chivers, Orion, BBC Worldwide, BBC Radio 2 & 4 and Audible. She was nominated for Audiobook Producer of the Year 2016 (Radio Independents Group) and her production of Ian Rankin’s ‘Rather Be the Devil’ has just won a 2017 USA Earphones Award.

Dian

Dian Perry

VOCAL COACH

Dian Perry is a highly experienced voice actor and teacher. With nearly 20 years in the business, she has voiced countless narration projects, from e-learning for Saks Fifth Avenue employees to technical machinery videos for Exxon engineers. She holds a teaching qualification and teaches regularly in the London area and beyond.

OUR CLIENTS HAVE BEEN SIGNED BY

  • Just Voices Agency
  • Hobsons
  • Babble Voices
  • Vocal Point
  • Shining Management
  • Damn Good Voices
  • The Voice Agency
  • The Voiceover Gallery
  • Castaway
  • Excellent Talent
  • Calypso Talking
  • Soho Voices
  • Rhubarb VoiceS
  • Yakety Yak
  • Lip Service
  • WAM
  • Earache
  • Rabbit
  • Voice Bookers
  • Sue Terry
  • Voice Squad
  • Q Voice
  • Another Tongue
“Mike and JP could not have been kinder, more accommodating or more professional. I thoroughly enjoyed recording at the Showreel and they both went out of their way to make my reads sound great. I recommend them wholeheartedly and can’t think of a single thing I would have liked them to do differently.”

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